How to Apply: Young Dancer Pogrammes


How to Apply

Selection for the Scholars programme is by audition only. Preference will be given to students entering Year 6 at the beginning of 2024.

Students entering Year 9 or above in 2024 must audition for the Associates Programme and be accepted as a classical major before they can be considered as Scholar.

Applications to audition are now closed.

Those who have applied to attend auditions are requested to download & complete this form telling us why they wish to become a NZSD scholar. This form must be brought to the audition.

Audition information

Audition Date: Saturday 16 September 2023

It is a class of basic content so that students can focus on how they are presenting their work in the best light. Applicants may be asked to demonstrate their favourite step, and general questions are sometimes asked of the group.

The day begins with registration, followed by a ballet class which is divided into age groups where necessary.

There is testing for skeletal alignment, along with flexibility, range of turnout and foot line. For example roll-ups and roll-downs, pointing and flexing feet.

No practiced solo performance is required.

We understand that this process can cause nerves and encourage students to learn from the audition process, dance from their hearts, and enjoy the experience.

Audition fee: NZ$50.00

For more information about the Scholars programme please email Head of Scholars Sue Nicholls or phone 04 381 9255


How to Apply

Selection for the Associates programme is by audition only. Auditions are held in September and places are strictly limited. 

Preference will be given to students entering Year 9 at the beginning of the current academic year. Current Associates do not need to re-audition.

Aspiring dancers are required to apply to audition.

Applications to audition are now closed.

Christchurch: Sunday 3 September.
Time: TBC
Venue: NASDA E Block, 130 Madras Street, Christchurch 8011

Wellington: Saturday 9 September.
Time: 1.15pm
Venue: Te Whaea:
National Dance and Drama Centre,
11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington 6021

Auckland: Sunday 10 September.
Time TBC
Venue: Wellesley Studios, 113-115 Wellesley St, Auckland 1010  

Audition fee: NZ$70.00

Applications to audition are now closed.

Audition information

The Associates audition consists of two classes: classical ballet and contemporary dance. These are not syllabus based and each class must be attended by all applicants.

Selection to the Associates Programme is made solely on the basis of:

  • potential
  • achievement to date
  • aptitude
  • performance quality
  • commitment, musicality, creativity and literacy

For more information about the Associates programme please email Head of Associates Christine Gunn or phone 04 381 9223